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Spires topcites 2006 is out

  1. Feb 2, 2007 #1


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    new format.

    Peter Woit comments:

    the new format doesn't go as deep, to get on the Spires 2006 list, a paper needed 150+ cites.
    so only one recent string paper made it---the 2003 KKLT paper----the other 49 papers were not string or were pre-2002

    Peter's list for comparison

    Spires reports from earlier years
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    The new format does not list all the papers that got 100+ citations. Instead it lists the top 50 citation-getters.

    So it is a shorter list. In order to compare with previous years, we need to only look at the top 50 on that year's list and count how many recent string papers made the top 50.

    I'll take recent to mean published in the past five years. So in 2006 recent means a 2002-2006 publication date. And in 2001 it means 1997-2001 publication.

    2001: Fourteen recent (1997-2001) string papers made the top 50.
    (in case anyone is curious they are numbers 2,3,4,5,6,7,10,13,17,35,36,38,46 on the list)

    2002: Thirteen recent (1998-2002) string papers in the top 50.
    (numbers 2,3,5,6,10,12,13,15,17,21,30,32,33, with question about 47)

    2003: Eight recent string papers in the top 50.
    (numbers 5,9,16,18,28,32,37,39)

    2004: THREE recent string papers made the top 50.
    (numbers 29, 32, 36---29 was the KKLT)

    2005: Three recent string papers made the top 50.
    (numbers 18,34,49---18 was KKLT)

    2006: ONE recent (i.e. publ. 2002-2006) string paper made the top 50.
    (number 19---the KKLT paper which brought us the "landscape" of deSitter vacuua)

    Astrophysics papers have been included in the topcites list at least since 2001, if not earlier, so over the period 2001-2006 we seem to be comparing apples to apples and not apples to oranges. There has been a parallel decline in the number of recent string papers garnering 100+ citations which would not be affected by which other types of papers were included.
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